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The CDE Scoop - July 2, 2014

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Early Learning & School Readiness

Register for School Readiness Training

CDE is providing school readiness initiative training for kindergarten teachers and principals this summer. The workshop options include:

Introduction to Teaching Strategies GOLD: This workshop is for kindergarten teachers new to TS GOLD. Sessions will be offered Tuesday, July 22 in La Junta, Monday, August 4 in Denver (North), Tuesday, August 5 in Greeley, Wednesday, August 6 in Greeley, Thursday, August 7 in Pueblo and Friday, August 8 in Colorado Springs.

Teaching Strategies Introductory Lab Session for Principals: This workshop will help principals understand the purposes and structure of Teaching Strategies GOLD. Half-day sessions will be on Thursday, July 31 in Durango and Friday, August 8 in Colorado Springs.

Using Formative Assessment and Best Practices to Drive Instruction in Today’s 21st Century Kindergarten Classrooms: This training is for second year TS GOLD kindergarten teachers. Sessions will be offered Tuesday, July 22 in La Junta, Tuesday, July 29 in Alamosa, Monday, August 4 in Aurora, Tuesday, August 5 in Denver (North), Wednesday, August 6 in Greeley and Thursday, August 7 in Pueblo.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Cameron
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6185

Exceptional Student Services

Update the District Level Contacts for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Adaptive Physical Education Applicants

CDE is updating the contact list for districts who are interested in receiving information about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and adaptive physical education applicants. If you wish to receive resumes and letters of interest from applicants who are seeking a position within the public schools, contact Tami Cassel at for speech-language pathologists and audiologists and Jayne Dougherty at for occupational therapists, physical therapists and adaptive physical education candidates.

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For More Information, Contact:
Tami Cassel or Jayne Dougherty
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6114 or 303-866-6668
Email: or

Family Partnerships

Mark Your Calendars for School and District Accountability Committee Trainings in September and October

CDE, in collaboration with the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, is conducting trainings for school accountability committees and district accountability committees beginning in September in the following locations:

-Monday, Sept. 29—Grand Junction
-Tuesday, Oct. 7—Denver Metro
-Thursday, Oct. 9—Pueblo
-Tuesday, Oct. 14—Greeley
-Thursday, Oct. 16—Durango
-Tuesday, Oct. 28—Denver Metro

All trainings will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner is provided. Information, including venue location, specific topics and registration links will be available in August.

For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-5921

Innovation & Choice

Learn About the Online Task Force

Recently passed legislation, H.B. 14-1382 (SH 1382), requires the convening of an online task force to review best practices and policies for authorizing and administering multi-district online schools, provide the state board of education with recommendations regarding quality standards and practices for authorizers, and provide recommendations to the state board of education and General Assembly regarding the regulatory and statutory changes that are necessary to certify authorizers of multi-district online schools. The online task force will begin meeting in August, with the first meeting date to be determined. It is anticipated that the online task force will meet biweekly until January 2015. The process of identifying a facilitator is in progress and is subject to the bidding process that is standard for the state.
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For More Information, Contact:
Renee Martinez
Innovation and Choice Unit
Phone: 303-866-6864


Apply for State Grants for Libraries 2014-2015 Funding

The State Grants for Libraries funding cycle for 2014-2015 is open. Christmas in the library, expanded digital resources and more opportunities for our patrons represent some of the benefits libraries mentioned for the State Grants for Libraries funding this year.

The state legislature renewed the $2 million allocation for the State Library to distribute to eligible publicly funded school, public and academic libraries. The funds are for educational materials in libraries that support efforts to improve literacy and learning, including early literacy and other education-related needs identified by the grantee.

This is a non-competitive grant process, with a minimum $3,000 grant awarded to all eligible institutions. Each school district must submit an eligibility form to the State Library by Friday, Sept. 12 to be eligible. Guidelines and eligibility forms are available online.

The forms and process is similar to last year. If you are new to the process, please join us for a webinar on Thursday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. to review the guidelines, eligibility requirements and form submission process. The same content is covered in the webinars.
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For More Information, Contact:
Susan H. Burkholder
State Library
Phone: 303-866-6660

News & Notes

Attend the Colorado Department of Human Services Strategic Planning Tour

The Colorado Department of Human Services is conducting a series of town hall meetings to solicit feedback, comments and suggestions to help inform the 2015 Strategic Plan which guides the direction of the department and the priorities for the coming year. Please visit the webpage below for dates, times and RSVP information.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDHS Communications Office
Colorado Department of Human Services
Phone: 303-866-5700

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